As the monsoon in India is entering its fourth and final month in September, the seasonal rains have been below average in many states. Our map with data from the Indian Meteorological Department shows an overview of where the biggest deficits have built up. According to reporting by the Times of India, the current month could still “save” the season if ample rains occurred.
The data shows that Eastern states as well as Jammu and Kashmir experienced the equivalent of five and a half weeks out of the current season’s 13 where rain volumes were at least 60 percent deficient. In the other weeks, deficient and excess rain balanced each other out towards an expected result. In Gujarat, there were even the equivalent of seven weeks where 60 percent or more of expected precipitation lacked.
Nine more states experienced a moderate deficit where the equivalent of between two and four weeks had rain deficits of 60 percent or more in the current season. Only five states reported an excess of the equivalent of two or more weeks of rains that were 60 percent above avThiserage or more.